Targeting digital interconnectivity, convergence and mobility, Philips Electronics rolled out a myriad of products at this year's Comdex show.
Among the company's new digital products are the Ambi wireless home networking device; Netdisplay, a Windows based terminal (see separate story); the PCA460, a generation CD-Rewritable Kit; new 18-inch flat panel monitors and the latest versions of Philips' USB desktop video camera modules and audio speakers.
Philips explained that Ambi, the company's wireless peripherals product, allows users to double their PC functionality, without purchasing a second PC. Ambi transmits PC functions, from software applications to Internet access, on to any television set.
It also allows users to run different applications at two locations, for example, a living room and a home office simultaneously. Both are held on the same PC, but can be accessed on different displays - the television and stereo for a game, perhaps, and the conventional PC for a spreadsheet. Digital wireless technology establishes the connection between the PC and the TV.
Philips also introduced Videogram, which is based on its digital PC cameras. The cameras are used in combination with the bundled V-mail software to combine video, pictures and sound with anything on the PC. Packaged as a self-executing file, it can be started on any PC with an email facility.
"Once people understand video email, they are hooked," said Meino Noordenbos, senior vice president at Philips PC Peripherals.
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